Euler’s pioneering equation, a talk by Robin Wilson (Emeritus Professor of Pure Mathematics at the Open University and Emeritus Professor of Geometry at Gresham College, London)
Euler’s equation, the ‘most beautiful equation in mathematics’, links the five most important constants in the subject: 1, 0, π, e and i. Central to both mathematics and physics, it has also featured in a criminal court case, on a postage stamp, and appeared twice in The Simpsons. So what is this equation – and why is it pioneering?
Robin Wilson’s main areas of interest are the History of Mathematics (British history from 1600, especially the period 1840-1940) and the history of graph theory and combinatorics.